This LEED Platinum certified modern farmhouse is our first “regenerative home,” producing more energy than it consumes. This 3,400 s.f. custom home uses passive solar design, 10.2kW of solar photovoltaics, a ground source heat pump, double wall well-insulated exterior envelope, and high performance doors and windows to achieve a HERS negative -8 rating and Energy Star v.3.0 certification.  The interior has low-VOC finishes and custom built-in FSC-certified wood and beetle kill pine cabinets throughout. The site is designed to be very low water use, incorporating permaculture and urban farming, with raised planting beds and a passive solar chicken coop/greenhouse. What makes this project special is its combination of extraordinary sustainability with conventionally attractive, cost-effective design tailored to the owner’s needs.

Our initial goal was to live in a way that was more sustainable for the earth and hopefully even regenerative. Right from our first meeting with the Rodwin team, it was clear we had found people who shared our values and who also knew how to design a home that would use the technology and construction techniques now available to be as responsible as possible to the earth. The house is more sustainable than we imagined it could be and it feels like an expression of our family’s character and lifestyle- most telling is that when our family and children visit, they say it seems like us and is more like home to our grown children than the home they lived in as teens.

—Pete and Laura Terpenning

Designed by Rodwin Architecture.